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The Classical Education Model

At the heart of classical education is a three-part method called the trivium. The three parts are (1) grammar, (2) logic, and (3) rhetoric. These terms have their narrow meanings in regard to language, but also broader meanings which apply to all other subjects and disciplines. These three terms can be thought of as (1) fundamentals, (2) connections, and (3) creative expression. There is a progression to these three steps of learning. One cannot be expected to express a high level of creativity without mastering the connections of a subject, and likewise, one cannot be expected to understand the connections without mastering the fundamentals. To build a sound structure one must begin with a firm foundation. One can certainly perform at some given level without mastery of fundamentals or connections, but true excellence is predicated on it.

by Art Pencek

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